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First-ever Oil Paintings Found in Afghanistan

Posted: 04/24/2008 - Afghan cave murals show Asia oil painting pre-dates European. The paintings are believed to be the oldest oil paintings in the world. The art was found in caves in central Afghanistan. The hardline Taliban regime blew up giant Buddha statues in the region during their rule.

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Arby's Owner Triarc Buying Wendy's in All-Stock Deal

Posted: 04/24/2008 - Triarc says it is buying fast food chain Wendy's in an all-stock deal that comes after the burger chain's board rejected at least two earlier offers by the company. Wendy's shareholders will receive 4.25 shares of Triarc Class A stock for each share of Wendy's stock they own.

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Ford Swings to $100M Profit in 1st Qtr, Beats Wall Street

Posted: 04/24/2008 - Wall Street was surprised by Ford Motor Co. on Thursday with a $100 million profit in the first quarter as strong results from Europe and South America helped offset the impact of a slumping U.S. economy that cut car and truck sales in its main market. Its shares rose almost 5 percent in premarket trading.

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Hollywood Animal Trainer Distraught over Fatal Bear Attack

Posted: 04/24/2008 - The owner of a wild animal training center where a grizzly bear killed a handler says the animal is a "loving, affectionate, friendly, safe bear," but he is at a loss to explain how a "simple routine" turned tragic.

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Exhumed Body of Saint Goes on Display

Updated: 04/24/2008 - Thousands of pilgrims are expected to file past Padre Pio's body. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2002. He is known as the mystic monk revered for stigmata-like bleeding on his hands and feet. His body was exhumed so the faithful could pray before it.

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Defeat of Equal Pay Bill Brings Call for Revolution

Posted: 04/23/2008 - Both Democrats running for President make it to Capitol Hill to vote for bill removing limits on how long workers can wait to sue for pay discrimination, but Republican opponents manage to defeat the legislation

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Iraq War Funding Bill Could Expand

Posted: 04/23/2008 - Democrats hope to get benefits for unemployed, new education funding for veterans, increases for food stamp benefits and other items included in Iraq war funding bill, but they face the threat of a Presidential veto

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Feds say "Legal Weed" Goes Too Far

Posted: 04/23/2008 - Company trying for clever play on the name of the town where they brew - Weed, CA - ordered to stop. Federal regulators say slogan, "Try Legal Weed," could mislead people about the characteristics of the alcoholic beverage.

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Patrick visits her ex-boss on Letterman show

Posted: 04/23/2008 - Danica Patrick walked onstage at the "Late Show with David Letterman" on Wednesday to the tune of "Used to Be My Girl," a reference to the fact that the host was once her team owner.

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Smoking Bad For Health; Job Security

Posted: 04/23/2008 - Whirpool Corp. employees may be fired after they were seen smoking on company property. They signed insurance paperwork saying they don't smoke or chew tobacco. They could be let go for lying.

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Mailer's Mistress Sells Papers

Posted: 04/23/2008 - Long-time mistress of late writer sells papers to Harvard. The seven boxes of material was collected during weekly visits from 1983 to 1992. Mailer died last November at age 84.

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VA Official Grilled About E-mails

Posted: 04/23/2008 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) deputy chief, Gordon Mansfield, was questioned Wednesday by members of congress in Washington about allegations that the VA tried to cover up the true risk of suicide among veterans

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Apple 2Q profit jumps 36 percent, but stock wobbles

Posted: 04/23/2008 - The Mac and iPod maker is believed to be especially vulnerable to slowing consumer spending in the United States because of its stronger presence here than overseas and because many of its products carry a premium price tag.

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Phone number in Texas abuse report linked to Colo. woman

Posted: 04/23/2008 - A phone number used to report alleged abuse at a polygamist retreat in Texas has been linked to a woman suspected of making false abuse claims in Colorado, according to an affidavit made public Wednesday.

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Abbas appeals for more US help in peace process

Posted: 04/23/2008 - In a meeting with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice ahead of talks with President Bush on Thursday, Abbas said time was running out if that target laid out at the Annapolis Conference in November was to be met and that more pressure must be exerted on Israel to stop the expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

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CIA director to give up military uniform

Posted: 04/23/2008 - CIA Director Michael Hayden announced Wednesday he will retire from the Air Force in July after 39 years in uniform, but he will continue in his intelligence post as a civilian.

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